In 2014, Facebook invited its users to complete a personality type quiz. It was designed not only to obtain the data of the individual completing the quiz but also their friends’ data. Facebook has since changed companies’ abilities to obtain information this way.
Christopher Wylie, who worked with Cambridge Analytica, alleges that the data of some 50 million users, mainly in the US, was taken...Read More
After numerous scandals of sexual harassment engulfed Hollywood, the UK Parliament is having its own #MeToo moment. Female Members of Parliament (MPs) have revealed the dark reality of their daily battles against sexism, bullying and discrimination, sharing their experiences in an attempt to encourage other women to speak out.
HuffPost UK spoke to 40 women MPs of all parties across different...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 64
On 29th November 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) handed down its decision in the case of King v Sash Windows. It is another case in a long line on holiday pay and has opened the flood gates for workers to claim unpaid holiday dating back years.
Why is this relevant to dental practices?
At present most associates are working under a...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 63
The Transfer of Undertaking Regulations, or TUPE for short, offers enhanced protection for employees who transfer from one business to another. It is an extremely complex and confusing piece of legislation. Here we set out the key principles to help you better understand when it might apply.
What is TUPE?
TUPE requires a business that is buying...Read More
DENTAL BULLETIN, ISSUE 59
Dr Michalak was employed by the Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals until she was dismissed in July 2008. She complained that she had been discriminated against in the course of her employment. Pending the result of the action she brought against her employer, disciplinary proceedings were brought against Dr Michalak in relation to the care of patients and her...Read More
On 20th November 2017 we received the reserved judgment of the Manchester employment tribunal confirming our client had been successful in her claim for pregnancy related discrimination, among other things.
Louise Doyle had been employed by Associated Training Solutions Limited as a trainer/assessor for 1 year 11 months when she was dismissed due to allegations of gross misconduct. The...Read More
Over the last few months there have been a number of stories in the press in relation to transgender issues;
– Playboy featured its first transgender playmate, a successful model who has appeared in Italia Vogue and catwalk shows;
– The Methodist Church appointed its first transgender minister;
– A teacher was suspended for referring to a transgender boy as a girl;
– A...Read More
Three months ago the Supreme Court ruled that the Employment Tribunal fee regime was unlawful and therefore must be withdrawn.
Since then we have been waiting for the Government to confirm its plans to reimburse those who paid the unlawful fee.
Finally, on 20th October 2017 the Government confirmed its plans to roll out a reimburse scheme. This is a staged process; the first 4 weeks is open to...Read More
Sex discrimination at the police school?
In the recent case of Ypourgos Ethnikis Pedias kai Thriskevmaton v. Kalliri, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) held that the requirement for candidates for the Greek police academy to be at least 1.70 meters tall amounted to indirect sex discrimination which could not be objectively justified.
The ECJ is the EU’s highest legal authority, tasked with...Read More
Section 13 of the Equality Act 2010 (EqA) says that “A person (A) discriminates against another (B) if, because of a protected characteristic, A treats B less favourably than A treats or would treat others.”
But what is a protected characteristic? Age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity...Read More